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Critical issues in criminal justice system
Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • The United States is grappling with very many security threats. The Obama administration has been considering reviewing the legislation on allowing civilians to own firearms so as to reduce homicide crimes. However, the debate on allowing Americans to own firearms rages on.

  • This essay aims at addressing some of the critical issues in the criminal justice department.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

MS-13 gang

  • The recent activities of the gang have been giving authorities sleepless nights. The gang operates in very many countries in North and South America. Specifically, El –Salvador and the United States are the two countries with the most members.

  • It is estimated that the gang has more than 10,000 members with the majority being juveniles.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • The gang is involved in such atrocities as:

  • robberies,

  • auto thefts,

  • prostitution,

  • carjacking,

  • rape,

  • witness intimidation,

  • weapons smuggling,

  • burglaries,

  • home-invasions,

  • narcotic sales,

  • illegal firearm sales,

  • extortion,

  • murder, and assault.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

Why juveniles join MS-13

  • Many gang members operating in Central America are under the age of eighteen. Nonetheless, some young males are actively engaged in criminal activities yet when they are being processed by the homeland security department they are treated as minors.

  • Below are some of the reasons that attract juveniles to the ruthless gangs:

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • A sense of family-

  • Young people yearn for close family ties where they can get material support and emotional attention. When they lack the close family ties or a father figure, they may try to escape home. Gangs such as the MS-13 frequently promise the juveniles unconditional support

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • Need for food or money –

  • The MS-13 has money that it can use to lure jobless or uneducated youths. Gang members use their strength in numbers to sell drugs, and steal vehicles that they can sell and make a living out of the returns.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • Protection–

  • Communities where gang activity the norm often see juveniles joining gangs for survival. Instead of remaining unprotected, the youth would rather join a gang.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • Peer Pressure–

  • Peer pressure is very strong during teenage years. Some teens face constant pressure to behave like their friends. For that reason, they join gangs to fit in.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • Family history-

  • Some families have a history and generation of gang membership. Given that family ties are very strong, it is inevitable for the youth to join the gangs.

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Critical Issues in Criminal Justice System

  • Excitement–

  • Some youth find happiness in defying authorities and causing mayhem. Gang lifestyle gives them the required space to participate in unbecoming behaviors.

  • This is an excerpt from an essay on the topic of Criminal Justice. Visit College Essay Help for more.

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